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28 July 2017 
Issue No: 28 

Grenfell Fire 
Response News 

Work to cover Grenfell Tower to begin 
next month 

From mid-August, work will begin to cover Grenfell Tower in a protective 
wrap in order to help the police investigation and make recovery work easier. 

At a Grenfell Tower community meeting on Wednesday night, site 
manager Michael Lockwood said the recovery operation was likely to last 
until mid-November. 

Mr Lockwood said: “Towards the end of 2018,1 think we could start to 
bring the tower down, if that is what the community wants, and the 
scaffolding will help us to do that because we can do that within the wrap.” 

Any decision on what happens to the site will be made in collaboration with 
the local community. 

Work to retrieve lost possessions 
to take place 

Arrangements are now being made to retrieve possessions from flats 
at Grenfell Tower which were less extensively damaged by the fire. 

The Grenfell Fire Response Team is talking to occupants from 33 
properties that escaped the worst of the fire. 

Michael Lockwood, site manager, said: “Efforts to get those items back 
might begin in the next week or so in consultation with those residents, 
and at the speed that they want, but we would like to get some of those 
possessions back to them." 

Grenfell Inquiry drop-in session 

The public consultation on the Terms of Reference for the Grenfell Tower 
inquiry is open until Friday 4 August. This is an opportunity for people 
to let the Inquiry team know what they believe the Inquiry should cover. 

A drop-in session will be taking place tomorrow, Friday 28 July, 

2pm to 4pm at Notting Hill Methodist Church, 240 Lancaster Road, 

W11 4AH and local residents are invited to attend. 

Computers will be available for people to write and submit responses. 

An independent advisor is available to give more information about what 
the consultation is about and how to submit a response. The advisor can 
help with drafting responses if needed. 


1 Work to cover Grenfell 
Tower to begin next month 

1 Work to retrieve lost 
possessions to take place 

1 Grenfell Inquiry 
drop-in session 

2 Activities for young 
people this summer 

2 Residents in temporary 
hotel accommodation 

3 Mental health support 

3 Consultation with residents 

3 Letter from Sajid Javid 
delivered to residents 

4 Latest advice on air quality 

4 Housing update 

What is this newsletter for? 

This is fhe twenty-eighth edition 
of the Grenfell Fire Response 
Team newsletter. We want to 
keep you up to date with all 
the latest information and 
services available to help. 

The newsletter is also available 
in Arabic and Farsi languages. 
For regular updates please follow 
us on Twitter @grenfellsupport 

and on Facebook at facebook. 
com/grenfellsupport or visit 

Grenfell Fire Response News 

28 July 2017 

Activities for children and young 
people this summer 

There are a range of activities planned to support parents in the 
local community to entertain children and young people during the 
summer holidays. 

Drop-in and play football 

QPR, Westway Sports Centre 
and other local organisations are 
providing a free drop-in and play 
football programme for 4 to 18 year 
olds, taking place Monday to Friday 
10am to 4pm for the next six weeks 
at Westway Sports Centre. 

The programme will be delivered 
by professional DBS qualified staff. 

Sailing Day 

On Saturday 5 August, the Play 
Association Hammersmith and 
Fulham will be holding a sailing 
day at Felpham Sailing Club near 
Bognor Regis. The whole family 
will be welcome to join the trip 
and enjoy the seaside but priority 
for sailing will be given to young 
people aged 8 to 15. 

If you’re interested, please 
contact Steve Boeje from the 
Play Association by Friday 28 July 

on 07828 123 300. 

Summer in the City 

There are hundreds of events 
and activities taking place for 
children, young people and their 

families this summer across central 
London. Enjoy outdoor activities, 
bake-offs, free cycling tours, nature 
trails, cupcake making, graffiti art, 
photography and much more. 

You can pick up a copy at locations 
across the borough or visit 

Free holiday sport at 
the Westway 

The Westway Fives group will be 
running four days of free holiday 
sport in August for boys and girls 
aged 7 to 15, where they can 
enjoy wallball, football, basketball 
and more. The days are run by 
fully qualified coaches. 

The days are taking place on 7,17, 
25 and 31 August at the Westway 
Sports Centre from 10am to 4pm 
and are completely free. Young 
people are asked to bring a packed 
lunch and a water bottle. 

To enrol or request further 
information, please contact 
the Westway Sports Centre 

or 07482 748 716. ' 

Residents in temporary hotel 

Residents who are currently in temporary hotel accommodation will 
be able to stay there until 1 September 2017 while offers of temporary 
housing are made. If they have not been able to find a suitable temporary 
home in this time, then arrangements will be made so that they can stay 
there while you find the most suitable home for you. 

This applies to both residents from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk and 
those from the surrounding blocks who have been unable to return home. 

We will continue to work with residents on their rehousing options and we will 
work with people to make sure that they find the most suitable home for them. 

What help is 
on offer? 

Anyone who would like to speak 
to the police in relation to the 
investigation into the fire are 
asked to contact the Met Police 

on 0800 032 4539. 

Other important contacts 

Bereavement support 

Call the Freephone helpline 

on 0808 808 1677 or email The 

line is open 24 hours a day. 

Replacement UK passports, 
visas or immigration queries 

Call our advice line on 

0300 222 0000. The line 
is open 24 hours. 

Air quality and smoke exposure 

If you have concerns about 
any symptoms, please see 
your doctor or call NHS 111. 

Housing support 

If you have any questions about 
housing or need to want to find 
out who your housing officer 
is please call 0800 137 111 
or 020 7361 3008. 

Victim support 

Call 0808 1689 111 for practical 
and emotional support, or visit The line 
is open 24 hours a day. 

You can also get physical and 
mental support at the Grenfell 
Assistance Centre. Find out 
more by calling 07712 231 133. 

You can also call the Red Cross 

helpline on 0800 458 9472. 

The line is open from 9am to 5pm, 
Monday to Friday. 

For regular updates please 
follow us on Twitter at 

@grenfellsupport and on 
Facebook at 
grenfellsupport, or visit 


Grenfell Fire Response News 

28 July 2017 

Mental health support 

There are lots of services available if you or an adulf or young person 
you know is feeling traumatised by the Grenfell Tower fire. 

Support for adults and young 
people over the phone 

• If you require an urgent mental 
health response for yourself, 

or on behalf of a young person, 
you can call the NHS 24-hour 
support line on 0800 0234 650 
or email 
Please let the operator know 
you are calling as a result of the 
Grenfell Tower fire. 

• The British Red Cross helpline is 
also available to anyone affected 
by the Grenfell Tower fire. For 
practical or emotional support 
you can call 0800 458 9472. 

The line is open from 9am to 
5pm, Monday to Friday. 

• Adults and young people 

can also call the free Samaritans 
helpline on 116 123. The line is 
open 24 hours a day. 

• People under 25 can call 
Childline any time on 0800 11 11 
and have a one-to-one chat with 
a supportive, trained counsellor 
any time, day or night. 

Read our leaflet on 
supporting children and 
young people 

If you have questions about 
how to support a child or young 
person affected by the Grenfell 
Tower fire, you can download 
a leaflet that includes: 

• Guidance on how a child 
might behave or react after 
a tragic event 

• Ideas for how to support them 

• Advice on explaining to a child 
what happened. 

Support for children with 
disabilities and learning 

• Full of Life Kensington and 
Chelsea is providing outreach 
counselling to parents of children 
with disabilities. A programme 
of short breaks is being put in 
place for the Summer. 


for more information. 

Online services for 
young people 

• is a free online 
counselling service for children 
aged 11 to 19. 

• provides health 
information for young people 
under the age of 25, including 
advice on coping with stress 
after a major incident. 

Parent and family support 
trauma sessions 

From September, a special 
programme of therapeutic group 
counselling will be provided to 
parents and families affected 
by the Grenfell Tower fire. 

These sessions will be jointly 
delivered by experts in trauma 
care, and by Full of Life, a support 
group for children and young 
adults with disabilities and 
their families. 

For more information contact 

020 8962 9994 or email 
i nf o@f u I lof I if 

You can download a copy of the 
leaflet at 

with residents 
of Barandon, 
Hurstway and 
Testerton walks 

Thank you to everyone who 
responded to Kensington 
and Chelsea council’s letter on 
10 July. All responses are being 
considered and the council will 
write to residents again soon 
with updates, including on what 
the rehousing process would 
look like. The council is going 
to develop further information 
that will be discussed with 
affected residents so that they 
are better informed about their 
future housing options. Please 
be reassured that responses will 
have no impact on any request 
to be rehoused. 

Letter from Sajid 
Javid MP delivered 
to residents 

Sajid Javid MP has written to all those 
directly affected by the Grenfell Tower 
fire outlining his commitments to keep 
residents updated, to engage with the 
local community on issues that matter 
to them and to ensure that people are 
offered the right housing for them. 

In his letter, Mr Javid announced the 
members of the new Grenfell Tower 
Recovery Taskforce who will work 
with Kensington and Chelsea council 
to ensure residents are kept up to 
speed on recovery plans and that the 
authority provides the best possible 
accommodation for residents and 
works with them to put in place long¬ 
term regeneration plans for the site. 

To read the letter to residents in full, 


Grenfell Fire Response News 

28 July 2017 

Latest advice on air quality and dust from Dr Yvonne Doyle 

Public Health England (PHE) has 
been assessing and monitoring 
air quality in the area surrounding 
Grenfell Tower, and Dr Yvonne Doyle, 
PHE’s director for London, attended 
a public meeting at Notting Hill 
Methodist Church on Wednesday 
evening to address concerns on 
air quality from residents. 

Dr Doyle said: “Some people have 
said that their asthma has been 
exacerbated and it is important 
that they seek help for this from your 
general practitioner if this continues. 
If you or someone you know is 
having problems with asthma, 
please do ring your GP and get an 
appointment as soon as possible. 
Your doctor will be able to help 
you manage your symptoms. 

“People have also told us that they 
have noticed increased dust in the 
local area. Generally, visible dust 
can’t be inhaled into the lungs, as 
such the risk to people’s health 

from dust is considered to be low. 
We have also monitored the air 
for respirable dust and we have 
not seen high concentrations in 
the areas around Grenfell Tower, 
however if people do notice any 
dust within their property it can 
be safely removed by wiping 
with a damp cloth. 

“People who have been exposed 
to smoke from the fire may have 
experienced irritation to their air 
passages, skin and eyes, which 
can cause coughing and wheezing, 
breathlessness and chest pain. 
People who continue to experience 
these symptoms should seek 
medical advice from their GP 
or on NHS 111." 

If people have waste material or 
debris from the fire at their property, 
they can contact Kensington and 
Chelsea Council on 020 7361 3001 
to make arrangements for them 
to collect it. 

If someone does not have a GP, 
they can register for one online 
at by entering their 
postcode, or call 020 8962 4600. 
The line is open from 9am to 5pm, 
Monday to Friday. 

People can also ring NHS 111 
for health advice 24 hours a day, 
seven days a week. 

Air quality reports with data 
collected from around the site 
is published online every week 


More advice from PHE can be 
found online at 

Housing update 

Finding housing solutions that work 
for everyone directly affected by 
the Grenfell Tower fire remains 
our absolute priority and we are 
working hard to achieve this. 

Offers of temporary accommodation 
are being made on a daily basis, 
but we know that families will have 
concerns around this process and 
the idea of accepting a temporary 
home. So far, 169 offers of 
accommodation have been made, 
45 offers have been accepted 
and 12 households rehoused. 

Government has given 
commitments to help reassure 
families that: 

• their needs are paramount, 
all other considerations are 
secondary to these 

• their rent will not increase and the 
same terms and conditions of their 
previous home at Grenfell Tower 
or Grenfell Walk will be maintained 

• they will have lifetime security 
of tenure 

• they will not be forced to stay 
in temporary accommodation 
on a long-term basis 

• accepting an offer of temporary 
accommodation does not mean 
that they lose priority for a 
permanent home 

• no one has to accept a particular 
property and not accepting a 
property does not mean that they 
will be made intentionally homeless 

• temporary homes will be rent 
and utility bill free for 12 months 

• for some cases, if they like their 
temporary home, there is the 
potential for it to become their 
permanent home (this will be 
discussed when the home is 
offered to them). 

Last week, Kensington and Chelsea 
Council outlined its approach to 
allocating permanent homes to 
Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk 
residents. To view the policy, letter 
to residents and FAQs, please visit: 

More information is available on 
the housing line on 020 7361 3008.